demonstrative pronoun


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demonstrative pronoun

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns used to replace nouns or noun phrases in a sentence, representing that which is nearby or far away in space or time.
Because demonstrative pronouns are less specific than the nouns or noun phrases they replace, you must use context to clarify what is being referred to. In spoken English, this can mean having to gesture toward, point to, or look at the thing or things indicated by the demonstrative pronoun. In written English, demonstrative pronouns are usually used to refer to previously mentioned nouns, ideas, or topics.
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demonstrative pronoun

A pronoun that specifies a particular person or thing, such as “this, that, or those.”
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demonstrative pronoun - a pronoun that points out an intended referent
pronoun - a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
Translations
Demonstrativpronomenhinweisendes Fürwort
pronombre demostrativo
mutató névmás
ábendingarfornafn
pronome demonstrativo
ukazovacie zámeno
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However, I felt like a schoolmaster amidst children, and persisted, and presently I had a score of noun substantives at least at my command; and then I got to demonstrative pronouns, and even the verb "to eat." But it was slow work, and the little people soon tired and wanted to get away from my interrogations, so I determined, rather of necessity, to let them give their lessons in little doses when they felt inclined.
I draw readers' to the phrase, this were which occurs in the clause: 'This were the fears raised by panelists.' The demonstrative pronoun (this) is clearly in its singular form.
(14) a Se messepreost leofode be hlafe and be [the.sub.NOM] mass-priest lived on [bread.sub.DAT] and on Se waetere [the.sub.NOM] [water.sub.DAT] 'The mass-priest lived on bread and water.' (Hogg 2002: 89) Let us now consider the distribution and feature valuation of the demonstrative pronoun within DP.
Yet, as is so often the case in Greek (for example, with the middle voice), what is superficially secondary proves more fundamental, for the tension between hode and ekeinos, between "right here" and "over there," is built into every demonstrative pronoun. Each "this" or "that," by virtue of pointing, is an attempt to appropriate--to make a part of one something that is apart from one.
mojoud raytay thay magar iis roz mei###iis (demonstrative pronoun, Anaphoric)
(a) Demonstrative pronoun them (for standard those) both when preceding a noun (acting as determiner/demonstrative adjective) and when standing alone (demonstrative pronoun):
The second indefinite pronoun series in Veps is the -se/-ne-series based on the historical demonstrative pronoun se that is attested in other Finnic languages.
Beginning with a demonstrative pronoun, this, the titles--like the arrows themselves--serve to indicate or point: As an arrow points to an object in space, this points to a noun in a sentence.
The demonstrative pronoun refers to given information, and is also marked for contrastive focus.
Secondly, the demonstrative concord is often described as a demonstrative pronoun. However, as this element fulfils a purely concordial function in relative and adjectival constructions, we opted for categorising it as a concord.
In this paper, the notion of demonstrative pronoun has been restricted to those cases in which the demonstrative cannot be matched up with an elliptical noun, as in (13).
Also, if 'that' is syntactically a demonstrative, occupying a noun phrase position, then it might seem that we should be able to replace 'that' with another demonstrative pronoun and still end up with a grammatical sentence.